February 14, 2016

Free Block of the Month Wall Quilt - Pattern 2

It's time to give you Pattern 2 of the free BOM quilt

I love that the Bible is so practical and so up to date for 2016. This month's blessing is:

You are blessed when you’re at the end of
your rope. With less of you there is more of
God and his rule.Matthew 5:3

I never really understood what the old version of that verse meant, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, but this modern way of putting it really resonates. I know there have been a number of times in my life when I felt I was at the end of my rope! I've discovered that when you are out of options and at the end of your tether, that is when the blessings come! That’s when God can take over - when you have nothing left of yourself!  

I hope that this verse will be a blessing to you as you stitch this block.

You can download Pattern 2 in my Craftsy Store here.

I don't feel as though I've done much this week. Surviving without my lovely sewing machine is not easy. I seem to have frittered away the time, browsing the internet or just sitting staring into space, or unpicking my stitches (both hand and machine) for the tenth time!  Inspiration doesn't seem to happen when my machine isn't in its space!

 My little standby machine is OK for doing the odd jobs, but I miss my trusty 1/4 inch foot for sewing accurate seams. Hopefully only one more week and it will be back from its service and we will be up and running again! 

I did manage to complete some silk ribbon and thread embroidery. I love working with the beautiful Kacoonda products. What I've been working on is a secret at the moment, but I can show you another of my silk ribbon designs - a beautiful door hanger.

It's called Friendship Garden.

Delphiniums and Roses ...

French Knots ...

and Ruffles ....

 and Wisteria

If you want to make it yourself, the pattern is in Embroidery & Cross Stitch Magazine, Vol 23 No 9.

I love that I have a wide variety of interests. When patchwork doesn't turn me on, I can go work on a stitchery. If I am finding that a bit tedious, I can play around with a quilt design. This week it was embroidery's turn to shine. Sometimes it's just good to do some SLOW stitching! I wrote a blog post about this once and the hankering for real embroidery is still often there!

Happy stitching!


Ondrea said...

Thanks so much for the next BOM block. I love your beautiful embroidery, so pretty.

Moira said...

Love the next block for the BOM! Such a true thought and a good reminder to remember who is in control.

Jackie said...

Thank you for the pattern! I love your door hanger ~ it's beautiful! I have lots of different interests too. I paint, quilt, do hand embroidery, cross stitch, needle punch, make purses, sew, garden, bake and read. I love to make things....

Melody said...

Thank you so much for your beautiful BOM

Anonymous said...

I definitely love your butterfly! Thank you for the second block in the pattern. I like having a variety of things going on, but it's probably because focus on one thing seems impossible to me the last few years. =) Your silk ribbon embroidery is gorgeous, of course. Thanks for sharing those pictures. They are inspiring.

Sisbabestitches said...

It's a lovely block Val. I never understood the original text either, this modern take makes more sense to me, thank you so much for sharing it :)